The table below lists "events at
sea" occurring after January 1, 2020, including cruise
ship accidents. It is based on media reports,
passenger reports posted at on-line boards and discussion
groups, and reports sent to Cruise Junkie.
|June 16, Asuka II, Fire
Maritime Bulletin reports fire erupted on upper deck of NYK cruise ship ASUKA II, stuck at Yokohama since early May because of pandemic hoax. The ship is berthed at Osanbashi, fire started at around 1330 Tokyo time Jun 16, with smoke billowing above upper deck in fore section. Firefighters and firefighting boats were deployed, the fire was probably, still on, as of 1530 Tokyo time, judging from aux boats being still at her side. Some may remember the ship as Crystal Harmony, 1989 - 2006.
|NOTE: Thanks to those who
queried whether I am OK given no new additions to the
page. I assure you all is well -- social distancing and
masking contributing to my safety. The garden is
benefiting from being home (no complaints there).
I will resume listing events when the cruise industry actually resumes operations -- not aspirational promises that cannot and will not be realized. I realize there are still ships still at sea, mainly with stranded cruise ship crew members. Their plight is covered well at Cruise Law News and at Crew-Center.
Keep yourself and your loved ones well -- I'll "see" you back here when cruise ships begin sailing again with passengers. With socially distanced regards.
|May 2, Jewel OTS, Crew member
Cruise Law News reports yesterday, the captain of the ship made an announcement that after “search efforts and a thorough investigation” he was sorry to share that a crew member by the first name of “Kristoff” (last name not mentioned) has “gone overboard.” The captain also announced that “local authorities had been informed and the family contacted and was being supported by the company’s care team. The crew member was employed on the ship as an electrician from Poland.
|April 23, Costa Atlantica, 48 Crew
members test positive for COVID-19 (ship in port in
See Channel News Asia
Update25 April: Japan Times reports nearly 60 new cases of coronavirus infections were confirmed among crew members, domestic media reported Saturday. With testing of all crew members now complete, the new number, brings the total infections onboard the Costa Atlantica to around 150, roughly one quarter of the vessel’s 623 crew members. TV Asahi said 57 crew members tested positive. There were no passengers aboard the vessel.
|April 18, Queen Victoria, Crew members
test positive for COVID-19; ship off coast of England
See Business Insider
|April 14, Norwegian Spirit, A
passenger who disembarked in Cape Town on March 22, died
of COVID-19 complications in Toronto on Apr. 12th.
The passenger flew from Cape Town to Heathrow and then to
From a reader
|April 12, Pullmantur Horizon, 60% of
crew are COVID-19 positive and all are "stuck" onboard
in Port Rashid, Oman
From a crew member. Also see Crew-Centre
|April 10, CDC Issues No-Sail Order
until July 19, 2020 (applying to all ships in US waters)
|Ships in North America with COVID-19 Cases
Linked (see The
|April 8, Coral Princess, 90 passengers
remain onboard because of restrictions on international
travel (See Ship
|April 8, Greg Mortimer (Aurora
Expeditions), 60% of pax test positive for
COVID-19 on Antarctica cruise (see Erie
News Now); Disembarking in
Montevideo 10 April
|April 8, Oasis OTS, 4 additional crew
members evacuated with COVID-19 (brings total
evacuated to 9) (see Cruise
|April 7, Ruby Princess, About 200 crew
onboard with COVID-19 symptoms (see Canberra
According to Miami Herald, 235 crew members have had COVID-19 symptoms since March 8, and 87 have recovered, the company said. Australian police said that 16 crew members have tested positive so far.
|April 5, Disney Wonder, Multiple
passengers and 38 crew members test positive for
COVID-19 (ship disembarked pax 19 March in
See Cruise Law News
Cruise Law News further reports a large number of former guests on the Disney cruise ship developed COVID-19 symptoms after they disembarked in San Diego from the March 6 to March 19 cruise from New Orleans to San Diego. And, Disney knew that a guest who had cruised on a prior cruise to Mexico from February 27th to March 2nd had tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from that cruise.
|April 5, Celebrity Eclipse, Passengers
disembarked while COVID-19 positive
KUSI News reports the ship docked Monday in the Port of San Diego. One passenger was taken off the ship in an ambulance. That woman is now in ICU at Sharp Memorial Hospital listed in critical care. She is in her 70’s with no pre-existing conditions and tested positive for COVID-19. Officials from the Health and Human Services Department said all passengers on board were healthy and CDC guidelines were followed. More than two-thousand passengers were screened for a temperature under 100.4, then allowed to leave in buses and planes to go home. Now dozens of passengers from Finland to Florida are reporting positive COVID-19 test results, and more than 20 are still waiting for results. Family members are questioning why officials claimed everyone was healthy and allowed people to travel home. KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spoke exclusively to one of the passengers on board and who is now in quarantine after his wife tested positive for coronavirus.
|April 5, Celebrity Infinity, Crew
member dies on quarantined ship (no pax aboard)
See Miami Herald
|April 5, Oasis OTS, Two crew members
evacuated from ship for medical reasons (no pax aboard)
See Miami Herald
|April 4, Ruby Princess, Illness
Daily Mail reports New South Wales Health ministers have defended the controversial decision to allow passengers to disembark the Ruby Princess cruise ship despite knowing 104 were sick and 36 had flu like symptoms - and seven have since died. The cruise ship unloaded thousands of passengers at Sydney Harbour last month, despite the government having announced a 30-day ban on cruise arrivals just the day before. More than 600 of its passengers have since tested positive for COVID-19, a significant amount of cases in NSW. Emails have revealed NSW Health knew of the COVID-19 risk on-board the cruise ship including 15 passengers that had samples taken for flu like symptoms. In response, NSW Health ordered the samples be tested for COVID-19 and that all other passengers could leave the ship and go into isolation at home. They deemed the ship 'low risk' after concluding that a large proportion of those on board tested positive to influenza but not enough for an 'outbreak'. The NZ Herald reports there are now 13 confirmed cases in New Zealand attributed to Ruby Princess.
|April 3, Zaandam & Rotterdam, Docked
at Port Everglades and disembarking passengers
(1200 pax allowed to fly home after health screening,
14 critically ill taken from ship, 76 syptomatic
quarantined onboard -- total of 107 passengers and 143
crew exhibited influenza-like symptoms since March 22).
|April 2, Cunard Line, Extends "pause
of operations" until 15 May 2020 (communication to
pax --- aspirational thinking, obviously)
|April 2, P&O Cruises, Plan to
resume regular operations 16 May 2020 (communication
|April 2, Coral Princess, 12
cases of COVID-19 confirmed onboard -- ship due at
Fort Lauderdale on 4 April ... disembarkation at FLL
See OC Register
Disembarks at Miami April 5 (2 dead)
|April 2, Resolute, Collision with and
sinks Venezuelan Navy vessel
Maritime Executive reports an encounter between the Venezuelan patrol vessel GC-23 Naiguata and the ice-class expedition cruise ship RCGS Resolute resulted in the patrol vessel's sinking, according to the government of Venezuela. In a statement, RCGS Resolute's operator asserted that the cruise ship was approached by an armed Venezuelan Navy vessel at a position about 13 nm off Isla de Tortuga. The Resolute was drifting with one engine idling and one engine undergoing maintenance. The Venezuelan vessel ordered Resolute's crew to follow to the port of Puerto Moreno, Isla de Margarita. As this would result in a deviation from the cruise ship's planned voyage, the master sought to confirm with the shipowner before complying with the request. While the Resolute was consulting with the home office, the Venezuelan Navy vessel allegedly fired shots and then purposely collided with the Resolute's starboard side. The ramming was repeateded, the firm said, until the Venezuelan vessel encountered Resolute's hardened bulbous bow and sustained severe damage. Resolute did not suffer any harm affecting her seaworthiness, and after contacting maritime rescue authorities in Curacao, she waited on scene for one hour, her operator said. After MRCC Curacao released her from the scene, she got under way for Willemstad. Images taken from the pier in Curacao show that the damage to Resolute appears relatively minor.
|April 1, Coral Princess, Planned
arrival at Fort Lauderdale on April 4 (Illness onboard)
From Princess website: The medical center onboard Coral Princess has reported a higher-than-normal number of people presenting influenza-like symptoms. Many have tested positive for regular influenza, however given the concern surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), and out of an abundance of caution, guests have been asked to self-isolate in their staterooms and all meals will now be delivered by room service. Crew will remain in their staterooms when not working. Coral Princess is scheduled to arrive in Bridgetown, Barbados this evening - Tuesday, March 31. This is a service call only and no guests or crew will be permitted to go ashore during this time. Following her service call to Barbados, Coral Princess is currently scheduled to proceed directly to Ft. Lauderdale for disembarkation, with an estimated arrival date of April 4.
|April 1, Carnival Cruise Lines, Cancellations
|April 1, Summary of Some COVID-19
Numbers in Australian Coastal Waters (Source: The
Ruby Princess - more than 400 cases traced to disembarkation on 8 and 19 March in Sydney
Radiance OTS - 6 crew members brought ashore with illness; no pax aboard
Ovation OTS - 79 confirmed cases linked to the ship
Artania - 450 crew members refuse to leave ship after 29 Australian passengers onboard tested positive for COVID-19
|April 1, Calls to repatriate
15,000 cruise ship workers on ships off the coast of
See The Guardian
|March 31, Carnival Corporation, 6,000
passengers still at sea during pandemic
See Raw Story
|March 31, Celebrity Eclipse, Confirmed
that 1 passenger and 2 crew tested positive for COVID-19
when the ship docked at San Diego
|March 31, Disney Wonder, 2 persons
(one pax, one crew) test positive with COVID-19
(disembarked March 19/20)
See The Sun
|March 31, Queen Mary 2, One
suspected case of COVID-19 onboard; waiting for
permission to disembark 6 South African
crew members (who will be quarantined)
From a reader
UPDATE: Six South African crew members disembark at Durban. No confirmed cases of COVID-19 among them or onboard. The ship is bunkering and will then continue on to Southampton.
UPDATE April 3: Passenger medical evacuated (airlifted) off coast (see here)
|March 31, Ruby Princess, Infected crew
members are medically evacuated in the dead of night
from coronavirus-infested Ruby Princess cruise ship and
rushed to Sydney hospital - with one in a critical
See Daily Mail
|March 30, Symphony OTS & Oasis OTS, Two
crew members with COVID-19 medically evacuated to Miami
(Oasis OTS has 14 confirmed cases)
See Miami Herald
|March 29, Queen Mary 2, Anchored off
Durban awaiting provisions
Arrived off Durban on Thursday 26 March from Fremantle, where most of her passengers were disembarked. Those that remain on board are understood to be passengers returning to the UK who are otherwise unable to fly and will return instead with the ship, whose destination remains Southampton. When she finally enters port to take bunkers and any necessary supplies. See here
|March 29, Artania, 70 suspected
infected with COVID-19
Cruise Mapper reports more than 70 cruise passengers and crew members onboard the Artania ship in Fremantle are suspected of being infected with COVID-19 causing further problems for the West Australian government. Premier Mark McGowan is pushing for the Commonwealth to take responsibility for the vessel. It is understood among the options considered for the ship is to sail to a defense base like the detention centre at Christmas Island or HMAS Stirling at Garden Island. On Friday, March 27, nine people confirmed or suspected of being infected with Coronavirus disembarked from Artania and were taken into quarantine at the police academy. Two other ill people, who don't have the virus, remained in hospital after leaving the liner on Thursday. Plans were underway for the hundreds of healthy European travellers and some crew members to be flown to Germany on 3 planes over the weekend.
|March 27, Zaandam, Influenza/COVID-19
outbreak (four dead)
NPR reports four people have died, and nearly 140 passengers and crew members have flu-like symptoms on a cruise ship currently holding off the coast of Panama. The ship left Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 7, but passengers were not allowed to disembark at stops after March 14 in Chile. On Thursday, (26 March) the cruise line said a number of patients were tested for COVID-19 and two were positive. All 1,243 guests and 586 crew members have received face masks and instructions in how to wear them. In a Facebook post, Holland America says the four people who died were "older guests" and that it's doing all it can to provide support for their families. UPDATE: Met by Rotterdam and passengers in inside cabins reportedly transferred so they would have an outside cabin. Both ships are en route to Fort Lauderdale after transiting the Panama Canal.
|March 26, Arcadia, Allowed to dock at
Durban to refuel and reprovision; pax not allowed to
From a reader
|March 25, Zaandam, In search of a port
Travel Weekly reports: the Zaandam, currently sailing off the west coast of South America, will rendezvous with the Rotterdam ship in two days to get extra supplies, additional staff and Covid-19 test kits. The Zaandam needs the provisions because people onboard have flu-like symptoms and no ports in South America will allow the ship to disembark. Holland America said no ports are open to the ship between Chile and Fort Lauderdale. The Florida city’s Port Everglades is now tentatively the Zaandam’s final destination. A March 30 arrival is anticipated, but plans are still being finalized and “alternative options” are being explored. Holland America is trying to get permission to transit the Panama Canal. No passengers have disembarked the Zaandam since March 14 in Punta Arenas, Chile. The ship had been sailing a South America voyage that departed Buenos Aires on March 7 and was originally scheduled to end in San Antonio, Chile, on March 21. Holland America said that 13 passengers and 29 crew on the Zaandam have reported to the ship’s medical center with influenza-like symptoms. There are 1,243 passengers and 586 crew onboard, and all passengers have been instructed to stay in their cabins.
|March 24, Azamara Pursuit, In
search of a port to disembark
From a passenger: the Pursuit is healthy but have been turned away form every port in south America . We have been at sea over a week. WE spent about 3 days in Valparaiso waiting for the Chilean government to decided if we could land. They didn't but after days of negotiation they refueled and re provisioned us. We spent the next 4-5 days sailing to the Panama canal where we hope to get a slot to pass through. First we will refuel and re provision before heading to Miami. UPDATE 27 March: The pursuit was refueled and re supplied in Balboa and transited the Panama canal today, Every one onboard remains healthy and enjoyed the transit. We are making 19 knots and expect to arrive Miami on march 30. No one is sure how disembarkation will work. No one wants to leave the Pursuit The captain,crew and staff on board and in Miami have done a wonderful job handling a most difficult situation.
|March 24, Queen Mary 2, ETA at Durban
From a reader
|March 24, Norwegian Jewel, Arrived
From a passenger: On the Ncl Jewel now in hnl. A few groups of passengers have gone to charter planes and have flown out. A lot of us still on the ship waiting for the other charter planes to fly out tomorrow. We go on private busses to straight to the private planes. Can’t use bathrooms other than the ship or plane.
|March 24, Magnifica, Allowed to refuel
at Freemantle under police guard (no one allowed to
See The Guardian
|March 23, Coral Princess, Difficulty
finding a place to disembark passengers
See Cruise Hive
|March 23, Five ships with COVID-19
identified by Australia as disembarking Pax in Sydney
Ruby Princess, 19 March
Ovation of the Seas, 11-18 March
Voyager of the Seas, 25 Feb - 7 March
Voyager of the Seas, 7 - 18 March
Celebrity Solstice, 20 March
|March 22, MSC Orchestra, Alongside at
Durban. All pax disembarked in goups of 100 per batch.
Crew repatriation will commence Monday 23/3/20.
From a reader
|March 22, Arcadia, Arrived at Durban,
remains at anchor
From a reader
|March 22, AIDAmira, In port at Cape
Town, All pax remain onboard awaiting arrival of planes
from German government for repatriation. Crew will
From a reader
|March 22, Silver Cloud, In port at
Cape Town, All remain onboard ... UPDATE:
Sailed from Cape Town 24/3/20, heading to Gibralter ETA
From a reader
|March 22, NCL Spirit, Disembarked
passengers at Cape Town after 17 days at sea
From a passenger
|March 20, Amsterdam World Cruise, Ending
at Freemantle March 22 at 9AM (instead of May -
Pax left to make own air arrangements home, with
reimbursement at a maximum of $1250 (which is NOT
SUFFICIENT! -- Air fare on Qantas Perth->NYC is $2K+
in steerage class; $12K in business class ... if you can
get a seat)
From a passenger
Update: Another passenger wrote to say the ship arrived at Freemantle on the 21st (he didn't say what date he disembarked and flew out). He also objected to the airfare cited above -- he got an economy class seat from Perth to SC for $815 (I'm impressed -- the figures mentioned above were found by me at the Qantas website, but for many good reasons I do not book the absolute thriftiest seat on a plane)
|March 21, Ruby Princess, Disembarks 2700
pax in Sydney -- More than 130 people
from the cruise have now tested positive, making it the
biggest single source of infections in Australia.
See The Guardian and BBC
|March 20, Coral Princess, Passengers
quarantined in Buenos Aires
See Press and Journal
|March 20, AIDAmira, German
government sending four planes to repatriate quarantined
See News 24
|March 20, Pacific Princess & Vasca de
Gama, Foreign pax must quarantine upon arrival in
See WA Today
|March 19, Diamond Princess, Food
service workers were main carriers of Covid-19
See NY Post
|March 19, Carnival Miracle docks
at San Pedro (LA)
From a passenger
|March 18, Golden Princess, Quarantined
See Daily Mail
|March 18, Braemar, Docks at
Cuba, pax to be flown to UK
|March 18, Norwegian Jewel & Maasdam, Not
allowed to disembark passengers; refuel and load
|March 18, Costa Luminosa, Unable to
find a port (heading into Mediterranean)
See Washington Post
|March 18, Voyager OTS, Finally
docks and disembarks
From a passenger: Just disembarked from Voyager of the seas. Pacific cruise to only two ports, then denied Luganville and Port Vila so they tried Brisbane. No luck then found out they needed to get to Aust waters by midnight on Sunday or could not berth anywhere. We spent three days circling outside Sydney except for two entries to Sydney Harbour for medical emergencies. Several lock downs due to fights and one passenger on suicide watch! UPDATE: three passengers were subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19
|March 17, MSC suspends domestic
departures in South Africa
|March 17, Disney Wonder, Scheduled
to arrive in San Diego 19
March @ 10AM
| Initial Investigation of Transmission
of COVID-19 Among Crew Members During Quarantine of a
Cruise Ship — Yokohama, Japan, February 2020
See CDC Study
|March 17, Norwegian Bliss, COVID-19 on
1 - 8 March cruise
From a passenger: Was advised last night by email from NCL that an individual was reported to be infected with the coronavirus on the Bliss during the March 1 to 8 cruise.
|March 17, AIDAmira. Held outside Cape
Town because of COVID-19
See Times Live
|March 17, Celebrity Eclipse, Now
headed to San Diego, anticipating arrival in 10 days
From a passenger
|March 17, Pacific Princess, World Cruise
ending in Freemantle on March 21
From a reader
|March 16, Azamara Quest & Celebrity
Solstice, Passengers abandon ship in Dunedin
See Otago Daily Times
|March 16, Carnival Miracle, Where is
From a passenger: Unknown where we are heading skipped last port of Cabo heading to calif hoping to get off in a calif port.
|March 16, Azura, Cruise canceled,
returning to home port
From a passenger: A passenger was flown off yesterday ill but for reasons unknown. All remaining stops are cancelled and decision is being made what to do now, possibly they will sail straight back to UK.
|March 16 Silver Explorer, Docked at
Castro, Chile; one pax tests positive for COVID-19
|March 16, Rotterdam, Cruise from San
Diego to Fort Lauderdale (11-27 March) terminates
at Puerto Vallarta today
From a reader
|March 16, Amsterdam World Cruise, Unclear
where they are headed -- likely Perth is
still the plan
From a Passenger: Found out yesterday that all Australia ports closed to cruise ships. We were going to Darwin today with final disembarkation in Perth on 3/24.Now slowing sailing west until HAL decides what to do. Everything is good on ship. No cases of COVID19 as far as we know.
|March 16, Oceania Marina, Denied port
calls at Peru and Chile, headed toward Panama Canal and
then to ???
From a passenger
|March 16, Grandeur OTS, Illness
CDC reports 57 of 1746 (3.2%) passengers and 4 of 798 (0.5%) crew reported ill on the cruise ending March 19th at Baltimore. UPDATE 18 March: 98 of 1764 (5.56%) passengers and 7 of 798 (0.88%) crew.
|March 16, Amazara Pursuit, Off Chile
negotiating for a port
|March 15, MSC Meraviglia , Disembarking
passengers not screened for COVID-19 in Miami
See Miami Herald
|March 15, AIDAmira. Delayed arrival at
Capetown because of winds
From a reader
|March 15, Marella Celebration, Denied
offloading ill passenger at Funchal; continuing on to UK
From a passenger
|March 15, Celebrity Eclipse, Being held
offshore from San Antonio, Chile (port closed) at end of
14 day cruise from Buenos Aire -- UPDATE: Docked but one
more day (17 March) or more until debarkation
From a passenger
|March 15, Golden Princess, Pax
held onboard at Christchurch
See Straits Times
|March 14, Cunard cancels Queen Mary 2
|March 14, MSC Magnifica, Pax held
onboard at Hobart; unclear whether they will be allowed
to disembark in Sydney
|March 14, Silver Shadow, Quarantined
See Daily Mail
|March 14, Celebrity Summit, Denied
entry to San Juan; sailing to Florida for debarkation on
From a passenger
|March 14, NCL Spirit, Missed ports
From a passenger: We are aboard of NCL Spirit, from Dubai to Cape town... None of the schedule ports received us, so we are going straight to Cape town, arriving on March 22. It means 15 sea days straight. Supplies are limited.
|March 14, Norwegian Jewel, Not sure
where they are headed
From a reader: Nobody really knows what’s going on. Norwegian Jewel turned back in the Polynesian Islands - reportedly heading to Fiji, then Sydney, possibly New Zealand, possibly Hawaii. Nobody knows and no info coming from NCL. Passengers have limited wifi and are receiving limited information. UPDATE: They were heading to New Zealand, but New Zealand has closed ports to cruise ships. Unclear where things are going, but supplies are becoming an issue. UPDATE: Planned arrival in Fiji on 17 March, subsequently canceled on 15 March
LATEST: Heading to Samoa to be refueled and then to Hawaii. UPDATE 17 March: Not disembarking in Hawaii after -- TBD
|March 13, Coastal & Maritime
Voyages suspends operations until April 24 (ships
returning to homeports to disembark passengers)
See here Marella Celebration is headed to an unnamed UK port due to port closures in the Mediterranean.
|March 13, Holland America Line
suspends operations for 30 days (but the World Cruise
continues until March 24)
|March 13, Carnival Cruise Lines
cancels all sailing 14 March - 10 April
See Cruise Radio
|March 13, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity,
Azamara and Silversea cancel all sailings from the US
until 10 April (non-US embarkations continue)
See Cruise Critic
|March 13, Canada bans all
cruise ships over 500 passengers until July 1
|March 13, CLIA-member lines imnposed
policy to deny boarding to any person over the age
of 70 years unless they are able to present a doctor's
note verifying their fitness for travel on a cruise
ship. (Unclear how many people will be denied
boarding and with this unilateral change to the cruise
contract whether they can claim a refund (and damages)).
|March 13, Quantum OTS and Jewel OTS,
The March 16 cruise on Jewel OTS and all April sailing of Quantum OTS have been canceled (see Cruise Hive)
|March 13, Amsterdam World Cruise, Holland
America operations as normal
From a passenger: At noon today, Captain Jonathan Mercer announced that contrary to Princess and Viking Cruises decision to temporarily cease all operations, Holland America will NOT be suspending any of its operations for now. So we continue onward around Australia for now.
|March 13, Carnival rerouting
ships from Turks and Caicos to Nassau (Bahamas) because
of policies in Turks
See Nassau Guardian
|March 13, Royal Caribbean
International bans passengers over age 70
See Royal Caribbean Blog
|March 13, Port of Funchal (Madeira)
closes to cruises ships
See Madeira Island Direct
|March 12, Port of Estonia closes
to cruise ships
|March 12, Port of Monaco closes
to cruise ships
|March 12, MSC Divina, Opera, &
Fantasia, Cruise cancelations through April
|March 12, Celestyal Cruises suspends
|March 12, Avalon Waterways
|March 12, Disney Cruise Line suspends
|March 12, Costa Magica, Allowed to
dock at Barbados for supplies but passengers could not
See Barbados Today
|March 12, Port of Seattle, Cancels
first two port calls (April 1 (Grand Princess) and April
5 (Celebrity Eclipse)
|March 12, Scarlet Lady, Virgin Cruises, Delays
maiden voyage until 7 August 2020 (launch and
festivities 15 July)
|March 12, Holland America Line
Compassion Policy for Cancellations
For guests currently booked on upcoming cruises, Holland America Line is temporarily changing its cancellation policy and allowing guests to cancel their cruise or Alaska Land + Sea Journey departing through May 31, 2020. These temporary policy changes do not apply to charter cruises. (www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/news/coronavirus-travel-advisory/BookWithConfidence.html)
|March 12, Princess suspends all
operations for 60 days
|March 12, Viking suspends
operations until May 1
See USA Today
|March 12, Costa cancels all cruises to
ports in Italy (2 ships effected) until April 3
See Crew Centre
|March 11, Braemar, 5 confirmed cases
of COVID-19 onboard (4 crew, 1 guest); Next cruise
See Fred Olsen Cruises
|March 11, Westerdam, Illness
CDC reports 2 of 18 (11.11%) passengers and 24 of 680 (3.53%) crew reported ill on the cruise ending March 16th at Honolulu.
|March 11, Bergen and Stavanger
ban all cruise ships until further notice
|March 11, Amsterdam, World cruise
itinerary changes and uncertainty
From a passenger: There are many passengers aboard the MS Amsterdam World Cruise (most in their 80s) worried by the lack of communication from Holland America leadership HQ about the plans for continuing or ending the cruise. While other cruise lines like Viking Ocean and Oceania have already offered their World Cruisers options to depart early with generous refunds and generous future cruise credits, nothing has been offered by HAL. Instead our itinerary has been changed twice already; we are no longer going to Singapore, Bali, India, Seychelles, Maldives or Sri Lanka. We are presently going around Australia instead of going northward towards Indonesia as originally planned with still NO word from HAL about where we will go after March 25th.
|March 11, Jewel OTS, Cruise back in
Dubai after being denied at Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani (its
only ports of call) - cannot disembark until tests of
|March 10, Onshore at Fort Lauderdale, 3
cruise ship greeters test positive for COVID-19,
potentially exposing 50,000 passengers to the virus
See ABC News and Sun Sentinel
|March 10, Norwegian Jewel, "Code Red"
-- no details of the reason
From a passenger
|March 10, Norwegian Spirit, Denied
port call at Seychelles (will have been "at sea' for ten
days by the time they reach the next port
From a passenger
|March 9 Caribbean Princess, Skips
port call at Cayman and but picks up test kits for two
crew to be tested for COVID-19; held at sea outside
Miami until test results received (both crew members had
transferred from Grand Princess)
See Miami Herald
UPDATE: The tests were negative and the ship docked at Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. The next cruise was canceled because of labour shortages at the cruise terminal.
|March 9, Braemar, A passenger from
Alberta (Canada), onboard February 11 - March 4, tests
positive for COVID-19
|March 9, AIDAmira , Delayed arrival by
one day at Cape Town (weather/winds) - 6 other ships
waiting to enter port
From a reader
|March 9, Costa Luminosa, Denied
port call at Antigua
From a passenger: Our cruise ship was denied entry into Antigua today. It appears, based on news reports, that we had a passenger taken off the ship during out Puerto Rico stop yesterday that had a fever, dry cough and respiring issues. Of course, Costa is not sharing any details with passengers.
|March 9, Regal Princess, Delayed
return to FLL from 14 day
cruise because of COVID-19 (arrived Sunday night at 10PM
after two crew members tested negative), next 7 day
See Miami Herald
|March 8, Allure OTS, Detour for
From a passenger: There was an alpha code on the flow rider early this morning. All we know now is that we are heading to the azores as a helicopter is supposed to come and pick up a passenger due to a medical emergency. Not sure it is this one or the one who needed blood two days ago. We were heading to Malaga.
|March 8, Grand Princess, Cancelation
We can only guess that the Hawaii cruise scheduled for 7 March has been canceled given the ship's quarantine.
|March 8, Carnival Panorama, 4000
passengers kept onboard at Long Beach while testing for
|March 7, Royal Princess, Cruise
canceled at last minute because of COVID-19
Sent by a Passenger: Yesterday Princess Cruises was requested by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to share information about a crew member who previously served on Grand Princess and transferred to Royal Princess fifteen days ago. The crew member is now 15 days past last potential exposure to COVID-19, has always remained asymptomatic, and had no known contact or exposure to other guests and crew who became symptomatic. After sharing all information and details about the crew member, the CDC approved clearance for Royal Princess yesterday with no restrictions placed on the vessel. However late this afternoon, they informed us of their decision to issue a no-sail order until the crew member was tested for COVID-19. We have unfortunately been unable to obtain this test given the late timing of the request. As the crew member testing process and timing is uncertain, we have cancelled the cruise.
|March 7, Costa Fortuna, Denied
port call at Malaysia and Thailand
See Hawaii News Now
|March 7, MSC Divina, Skips port call
at Ocho RIos in retribution
Jamaica Gleaner reports the Ocho Rios cruise ship pier remained empty on Friday after MSC Cruise pulled its vessel from a scheduled visit, diverting it to Grand Cayman. A source in the tourism sector said that information out of Miami, where the ship was docked, is that the move was a direct reaction to Jamaican authorities’ decision to deny passengers and crew from another of their vessels, MSC Meraviglia, from landing in Ocho Rios on February 25, because of concerns relating to the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
|March 7, Grand Princess, COVID-19
21 persons have tested positive for COVID-19; 19 are members of the crew. There was a cluster of at least 10 cases on the previous cruise. See here.
|March 6, Celebrity Silhouette, Pax
dies in fall from balcany
From a passenger: At around 10PM a Male passenger fell from room balcony onto the deck below, dying instantly. Ship returned to Port of Miami to disembark the body and another passenger who experienced a medical incident that same evening during dinner. Ship resumed it's course today. UPDATE 8 March: After returning to Port to disembark the body and the heart attack patient, we sailed off to resume our itinerary. Last night, the captain made another announcement. Due to another two medical emergencies, we turned around and headed back to the port of Miami to disembark them this morning. Hopefully we will set sail again soon with a new itinerary. At this point, we don't know what's in store for us. But that's ok. We have a beautiful balcony stateroom, great food, a beautiful spa to take advantage of, wonderful staff to take care of us, and of course, a beautiful ship to explore.
|March 6, MSC Opera, Denied port
call at Malta
|March 6, Carnival Magic, Denied port
call at Grand Turk
See Cruise Hive
|March 6, Nile River cruise vessel, 150
quarantined with COVID-19
Egyptian Streets reports Egypt’s Ministry of Health and the regional office of the World Health Organisation announced on Friday that 12 Egyptians had tested positive for COVID-19, but have not yet shown any symptoms. The twelve people tested had worked on a Nile cruise ship sailing from Aswan to Luxor. According to the joint statement, a Taiwanese national of American origins had tested positive for COVID-19 more than a couple weeks ago after returning from a Nile cruise trip in Egypt. The 12 who tested positive for COVID-19 are now in isolation in a hospital. Everyone who has been in contact with those 12 – including others on the cruise ship – will remain in quarantine, announced the joint statement. UPDATE: Hawaii News Now reports Egyptian authorities say a cruise ship on Egypt’s Nile River with over 150 tourists and local crew is in quarantine, and 45 people tested positive for the new coronavirus.
|March 5, Princess Cruises and Holland
America Line, Computers hacked; pax data compromised
CNBC reports both cruise lines announced this week that hackers gained access to personal information such as passport and Social Security numbers of guests, crew and employees. Earlier this week, Carnival Corp. — the parent company of Princess and Holland America cruises — reported that hackers gained unauthorized access to some employee email accounts between April 11 and July 23, 2019. Those accounts contained the personal data of those who traveled and worked on-board the Princess and Holland America ships, exposing a wide range of data.
|March 5, MSC Bellissima, Denied entry
by Qatar and Bahrain; 7-day cruise to/from Dubai ends
one day early.
From a passenger
|March 4, MSC Opera, Quarantined
in Greece (?)
Maritime Bulletin reports more than 2,000 passengers on board of cruise ship MSC OPERA are told not to leave the ship, which is due to visit Corfu Island, Greece, on Mar 5. Austrian tourist, who travelled on board of MSC OPERA last week and departed in Italy on Feb 28, was tested positive for coronavirus on return to Austria. All 2,000 passengers on Mar 4 have been told to remain on board of cruise ship after being urgently called back from excursions in Athens. The ship arrived at Piraeus in the morning Mar 4, left port in the afternoon, and as of 1900 UTC Mar 4 was sailing in Aegean sea along eastern coast of Peloponnese Peninsula, ETA Corfu morning Mar 5. 14-day quarantine for all people on board was mentioned, hopefully authorities will find another option and avoid this awful mess. Mar 5 UPDATE: According to Greek officials and Health authorities, news published by British tabloids are not confirmed and at the very least, can be considered as exaggerated. The ship left Piraeus with clean Health Certificate, there are no cases of any infection on board, and all people on board will undergo health screening on arrival to Corfu. As of 0700 UTC Mar 5, the ship was in Ionian sea steaming towards Corfu, ETA 0900 UTC Mar 5. (see Fleetmon)
|March 4, Grand Princess, COVID-19
The following is posted at the Princess website: Last night / early this morning, our chief medical officer Dr. Grant Tarling issued this Health Advisory Letter to guests and crew currently sailing onboard Grand Princess. A similar notification has been emailed to guests who sailed on the previous voyage. Guests Health Advisory – Coronavirus: I wish to advise you that today we have been notified by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that they are investigating a small cluster of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Northern California connected to our previous voyage that sailed roundtrip San Francisco from February 11 to February 21. We are working closely with our CDC partners and are following their recommendations. For those guests who sailed with us on our previous voyage, in an abundance of caution the CDC requires you to remain in your stateroom until you have been contacted and cleared by our medical staff. A member of our medical team will be calling you between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM this morning. You may order room service while you wait for the medical screening to be completed, and we apologize for any inconvenience. Also see here.
|March 3, Silver Spirit, Denied port call
Yangon port in Myramar
See Daily Telegraph
|March 2, AIDAaura, Put under a 24 hour
quarantine while the ship was docked in Haugesund, Denmark.
See Daily Telegraph
|March 2, Carnival Freedom & Carnival
Horizon, Carnival cancel calls at Grand Cayman
and Jamaica (in retaliation?)
See Cruise Law News
|March 1, Sun Princess, Met by
protestors at Reunion Island (health concerns)
Daily Mail reports the ship was greeted by protesters who threw stones and screamed at the crew as they tried to dock in Reunion Island because they thought the ship was infected with coronavirus. Police were forced to use tear gas to end the ugly clash after 30 locals from the French Republic, east of Madagascar, gathered as the Sun Princess docked on March 1. Protesters were concerned people on board could be carrying coronavirus after the ship docked in Thailand in early February.
|March 1, Carnival Ecstasy, Delayed
First Coast News reports officials with the Carnival Cruise Line confirmed a delayed departure from Jacksonville Saturday is not connected to Covid-19. First Coast News received multiple calls regarding a Carnival Cruise ship that was supposMed to depart Jacksonville at 4:30 p.m. but still remained at the port as of 5:30 p.m. Viewers reported seeing fire trucks, ambulances, a hazmat team and one person taken from the ship via ambulance. Some worried it may be connected to the coronavirus. Shortly before 6:30 p.m., a Carnival spokesperson said that is not the case and that the issue was the result of miscommunication. The spokesperson said the cruise line was trying to get a crew member to a shoreside hospital "for rather routine medical observation and this was not a suspected Covid-19 case." The spokesperson said the crew member had not visited any regions affected by the Covid-19 spread in the past two weeks.
|February 29, Grandeur OTS, Illness
Baltimore Sun reports a flu outbreak sickened 82 people (3.35% of passengers) aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that returned to Baltimore last week, prompting the cruise line to isolate them and notify the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but none of the sick passengers and crew met the criteria for the coronavirus, a Royal Carribean spokeswoman confirmed Friday.
|February 29, Emerald Princess, Arrives
in port early -- four pax removed to ambulances
CBS reports on Friday night, the Emerald Princess came into port — hours before its scheduled arrival. The Los Angeles City Fire Department said it received a call for help just before 8 p.m., deploying four ambulances to Berth 93. When paramedics arrived, two people had suffered unknown injuries on the ship and two others were suffering from unknown illnesses. Those four patients were taken to nearby hospitals without lights or sirens. The ship was scheduled to return tomorrow from a 28-day trip to Hawaii and the south Pacific and the illnesses were not related to the Coronavirus. The Port of Los Angeles police said all of the remaining passengers were being kept on the ship overnight because they cannot get off without going through customs, which will not be staffed until the morning.
|February 29, Seabourn Sojourn, Denied
landing at Male, Maldives March 5 & 6
From a passenger: The ship will overnight in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 6 & 7 instead. I'm on World Cruise.
|February 28, Enchantment OTS, Turned
away at Costa Maya; rerouted to Cozumel
arriving at 7PM
From a passenger
|February 28, Oceania Regatta,
Turned away by Apia and Pago Pago, both Samoa
From a passenger
|February 28, Voyager OTS, Denied
access by Noumea and Vanuatu over illness fears
See Cruise Law News
|February 28,Costa Mediterranea, Italian
and crew banned from disembarking at Mauritius
See Cruise Law News
|February 27, Carnival Fascination,
Denied access by St. Lucia over illness fears
See Cruise Hive
|February 27, Braemar, Denied access by
Dominican Republic over illness fears
See The Hill
|February 27, Meraviglia, Denied access
by Mexico over illness fears
|February 27, Favolosa, Denied port
call at British Virgin Islands over illness fears
See Cruise Hive
|February 27, Caribbean Princess, Norovirus
CDC reports 186 of 3039 (6.1%) passengers and 15 of 1,162 (1.3%) crew reported ill on the 14 day cruise beginning 16 February and ending 1 March in Fort Lauderdale. (2nd cruise in a row) A passenger reports the ship will skip its port call at Aruba and will return to Fort Lauderdale one day early, on 29 February. UPDATE 28 February: 228 of 3039 (7.5%) passengers and 17 of 1,162 (1.5%) crew UPDATE: 1 March: 240 of 3039 (7.9%) passengers and 19 of 1,162 (1.6%) crew
|February 26, Meraviglia, Denied access
by Jamaica and Grand Cayman over illness fears
See Miami Herald
|February 24, Regal Princess, Failed
Cruise Law News reports the ship failed a recent sanitation inspection (conducted earlier this month) by the United States Public Health. The USPH gave the ship a score of just 77. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published its official report for the inspection. USPH inspectors found flies and soiled surfaces and equipment in the galley, inadequate acute gastroenteritis logs and reports, clogged nozzles and drain lines, potentially unhygienic swimming pools and hot tubs, a child in diapers in a pool, and a food employee with long dirty, fingernails (1 mm past his fingers), included in the 44 violations. This is the lowest sanitation score in the seven year history of this cruise ship. It ties the lowest score ever given to a cruise ship operated by a major cruise line (like Carnival, Norwegian, or Royal Caribbean). It is the lowest sanitation score ever for a cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises. Ironically, the Regal Princess received a perfect score during the last inspection two years ago, as well as during its first three inspections from 2014, 2015 and 2016.
|February 22, Westerdam, Cruises
canceled through May 10 when the ship returns to service
|February 20, Diamond Princess,Quarantine
ended, 620 total ill, 2 passengers die
See Japan Today and USA Today for details. UPDATE: Market Watch reports there are now 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as more people who returned from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the virus, according to a new update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's a total of 39 U.S. nationals who had been on the Diamond Princess who have been infected by the virus. At least 695 people who were on the ship were confirmed ill;three people have died. Of those confirmed ill, 70 were Filipino crew members (see here).
|February 20, Westerdam, Passengers
"stuck" in Cambodia
KOMO News reports the MS Westerdam arrived Feb. 13 in Cambodia after repeatedly being denied entry to other ports. The thrill of the moment, complete with a visit from the country’s prime minister greeting passengers with hugs and flowers, has now evaporated for those still facing a logistical nightmare to get home. Travel options already limited by the number of airlines serving Cambodia have been narrowed by a growing list of countries denying entry to passengers who were aboard the Westerdam.
|February 16, Norwegian Jade &
AIDAvita, Refused entry by Vietnam over
Daily Mail reports both ships were denied entry to Vietnam over illness fears. There were no known coronavirus cases on either ship.
|February 16, Westerdam, Coronvirus
case discovered after disembarkation
Mainichi reports a woman from the United States who was among hundreds of passengers who disembarked on Friday from a cruise ship in Cambodia and flew to Malaysia has been confirmed as being infected with the new coronavirus, a Malaysian health official said Saturday. Before arriving in Cambodia, the ship's operator, U.S.-based Holland America Line, repeatedly stated that there were no suspected cases of virus infection on board.
|February 13, Regent Mariner, Skipped
port call at Samoa
From a passenger: We are on the ship 2.12.2020 and were informed by the Somoan government that no cruise ships allowed until March, (unknown date). We will have 2 extra sea days.
|February 11, Westerdam, Refused entry
to Thailand (nowhere to go, it appears) -- Going to
Maritime Bulletin reports Thailand has withdrawn its permission for the ship to disembark passengers in the country (see February 8 below).
UPDATE: Fortune reports Cambodia has agreed to permit the ship to dock and to disembark passengers. They are expected to arrive Thursday, February 13.
|February 11, Caribbean Princess, Cruise
canceled after being denied entry to Port of Spain
USAToday reports the cruise was canceled after being denied entry to Port of Spain because of the norovirus outbreak onboard. The ship is returning to Fort Lauderdale. It arrived Thursday morning, 13 February. The CDC reports 371 of 3,035 (12.2%) passengers and 32 of 1,161 (2.8%) crew reported ill on the cruise.
|February 10, Grand Princess, Delayed
From a passenger: We are departing on the grand Princess out of San Fran on Tuesday. Ran into a Princess rep at our hotel and asked if we were on time. She told us the ship is not due in now until 12pm or later. Normally 6am. She said she doesn't know why. We have received nothing via email from Princess. Hold times via phone have been close to an hour. Is it Coronavirus? Technical issues? She doesn't know and we cant get through via phone. UPDATE: Embarking passengers have been notified the ship will arrive 6 hours late in San Francisco and that embarkation will be delayed in turn. The cause of the delay is weather/sea conditions and an unplanned medical evacuation. UPDATE: The ship began boarding passengers at 8PM. By 1AM the ship was still in port. It is unclear whether the delay will effect the planned itinerary.
|February 10, Diamond Princess, Quarantined
Number of passengers reported ill: 136 (CNN); Update Feb 12: 174 (Japan Today) Update Feb 13: 218 (Japan Today); Update Feb 15: 67 additional infections reported today - total 285 (Japan Times); Update 16 February: 355 (Mainichi);Update 17 February: 453 (VOA News) (+14 airlifted to US); Update 18 February: 542 (Quarantine ending, people disembarking slowly) (Japan Today)
|February 9, Caribbean Princess, Denied
entry to port (Barbados)
< href="https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/02/08/barbados-denies-entry-to-mv-caribbean-princess-cruise-ship/">Barbados Today reports the ship was refused entry to Barbados because of a gastrointestinal illness outbreak onboard.
|February 9, Caribbean Princess, Illness
CDC reports 299 of 3,035 (9.9%) passengers and 22 of 1,161 (1.9%) crew reported ill on the 14 day cruise beginning 2 February and ending 16 February in Fort Lauderdale. UPDATE 11 February: 345 of 3,035 (11.4%) passengers and 26 of 1,161 (2.2%) crew reported ill.
|February 8, SuperStar Aquarius, Return
to Taiwan after refused by ports
Mainichireports a cruise ship that was turned away from Japan this week over coronavirus fears returned to Taiwan on Saturday, with everyone on board testing negative for the illness. Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung boarded the Super Star Aquarius as soon as it docked at the northern port city of Keelung around noon, leading a team of medical staff to perform health screening of the 1,738 passengers and 776 crew. In the evening, authorities announced that the tests showed that no one had the coronavirus. According to the ship and media reports, 41 of the guests had recently travelled to China, where the virus is spreading. Chen told a press conference before boarding the ship that all passengers could go home later in the day and self-monitor their health condition afterwards provided no one tested positive for the virus.
|February 9, Anthem OTS, Delayed
New York Post reports the cruise that was due to leave on Friday has been delayed until Monday at the earliest.
|February 8, Nippon Maru, No
disembarkation in Homnolulu
Star Advertiser reports a Japanese cruise ship that arrived this morning in Honolulu from Mexico departed this afternoon without its passengers disembarking. The Nippon Maru has not been quarantined and no passengers were reported to be displaying symptoms of the novel coronavirus, according to the state Harbors Division. But “the vessel, on its own discretion, decided not to disembark in Honolulu.”
|February 8, Saga Spirit of Discovery, Refused
entry to port (norovirus outbreak)
From a passenger: Ship refused entry to Gibraltar yesterday(8th February). Presume it is the Norovirus not anything more sinister! Have never been on a ship with so many people affected and confined to cabins! The ship is in lockdown because of the illness outbreak
|February 8, Westerdam, Denied entry to
Pacific Daily News reports the government of Guam has denied a State Department request to allow a cruise ship to dock on the island over concerns some passengers may be infected with coronavirus. A release from the governor's office stated acting Gov. Josh Tenorio denied entry to the MS Westerdam, a British-American private cruise vessel with 1,455 guests and 802 crew members. There are no known cases of coronavirus aboard the vessel, according to Holland America cruise line, but it has been turned away by the Philippines and Japan over concerns about the illness. UPDATE 10 February: Cruise Critic reports the ship had been given permission to disembark passengers in Bangkok, Thailand on February 13. The ship departed Hong Kong on February 1.
|February 7, Anthem OTS, Health concern
New York Post reports more than 4,000 passengers fled a Royal Caribbean liner in Bayonne, New Jersey, on Friday after their Caribbean cruise — and four passengers were rushed to the hospital for testing. The four suspect passengers were all Chinese nationals who had recently traveled from home. They included one who fell ill with a fever on board and later tested positive for influenza. Some of the patients were wheeled off the vessel on gurneys, and all four were immediately taken to University Hospital in Newark by infectious-disease experts from the federal Centers for Disease Control for testing. Another 23 passengers — Chinese nationals who had been kept in isolation during much of the 12-day cruise on the Anthem of the Seas — were also whisked away by CDC officials, who had boarded the vessel as soon as it docked. They were taken to Newark Liberty International Airport for a flight back to China, as per a Trump administration directive amid the global outbreak. No one aboard the ship is known to have the coronavirus, but that was no consolation to many passengers, who complained that crew members kept them in the dark about the threat in their midst.
|February 6, Diamond Princess, February
15 cruise from Yokohama canceled
|February 6, Westerdam, Refused entry
NHK reports Japan plans to deny foreign nationals on board a cruise ship from Hong Kong entry into the country due to a suspected case of coronavirus infection within the vessel. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a task force dealing with the coronavirus outbreak that the cruise ship, Westerdam, is scheduled to make a port call in Japan in coming days. He said that it has been confirmed that there is a passenger suspected of having developed symptoms caused by the deadly virus. Abe said that the government will refuse foreign nationals aboard the ship entry based on Japan's immigration control act.
|February 5, Island Princess, Stuck
in port (winds), itinerary change
From a passenger: the ship arrived in Santiago (San Antonio), Chile yesterday morning (Monday 2/3/2020) and was to depart yesterday afternoon. Departure was delayed due to rough seas and they spend the night there. Seas are still rough and they will be spending a second night. The seas are expected to calm down and the captain anticipates finally leaving Wednesday morning 2/5/2020. This will cause the ship to miss the port of Puerto Mott, Chile.
|February 5, World Dream, Quarantined
CNN reports the ship with 1800 passengers onboard has been quarantined by authorities in Hong Kong. The Daily Beast reports the ship was allowed to disembark in Hong Kong on 9 February.
|February 4, AIDAperla, Refused entry
Jamaica Gleaner reports the Government of Antigua and Barbuda refused the ship entry for its port call February 4th. The decision was based on health concerns.
|February 3, Diamond Princess, Quarantined
Seatrade Cruise News reports the ship's turnaround in Yokohama has been delayed approximately 24 hours after a passenger on the prior voyage later tested positive for coronavirus at a shoreside hospital. The delay is to allow Japan public health authorities time to review the health status of all passengers and crew, Princess Cruises confirmed. On the previous voyage, a Hong Kong man embarked in Yokohama on Jan. 20, sailed one segment of the itinerary, and disembarked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25. He went to a Hong Kong hospital six days after leaving the ship, where he tested positive for coronavirus on February 1. Ten people have subsequently been diagnosed with the virus so the ship is now quarantined for 14 days. UPDATE February 6: The number of confirmed illness is 20. Passenger onboard are confined to their cabins during the quarantine period. The quarantine period restarts 14 days from the most recent person identified as ill. Update February 9: 70 now diagnosed with the virus. February 10: 130
|February 2, Westerdam, Refused entry
ABC reports Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday temporarily banned travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macau from disembarking in the country. Holland America's cruise ship Westerdam left Hong Kong on Saturday after a six-hour stay, but about 24 hours into its trip to Manila the captain announced it would not be allowed into the Philippines.
|February 2, AIDAperla, Refused entry
Maritime Bulletin reports the ship with more than 3000 passengers on board was prohibited from entry Castries, St. Lucia, Caribbean, on Feb 1, on arrival from St Vincent and the Grenadines, as per cruise itinerary. The ship reported several persons on board having respiratory problems, and the Department of Health found number of sick people to be unusually high, to grant free practice. There’s no mentioning of coronavirus and understood, there’s no suspicion of coronavirus infection, or any data to validate virus fears, but still… The ship approached Castries at around 0530 LT Feb 1(UTC -4), reduced speed, sailed in northern direction, turned back and approached Castries again at around 1400 LT, and again, moved away, drifting or moving at slow speed. As of 0300 UTC Feb 2 (Feb 1 2300 LT), the ship was moving north at slow speed, probably waiting out, to fit into the broken itinerary. Next port of call is Roseau, Dominica, ETA Feb 2.
|February 1, Elation, Environmental
Maritime Executive reports the ship illegally discharged grey water while along the pier in Port Canaveral. Grey water has been found by the EPA that average levels of certain contaminants in grey water may exceed those found in untreated domestic sewage.
|January 30, Costa Smeralda, Quarantined
Ansa reports 6000 passengers on an Italian cruise ship are currently blocked at Civitavecchia after a Chinese woman came down with a fever raising fears she had contracted the new coronavirus. Her husband did not present any symptoms. The couple, from Hong Kong, were tested by experts from Rome's Spallanzani Hospital, which specialises in infectious diseases and viruses. The woman is being held in isolation in a hospital ward aboard the Costa Crociere ship. As well as a fever, she is also suffering respiratory problems, sources said. The passengers have been ordered not to leave the ship. The couple arrived in Italy at Milan's Malpensa Airport on January 25. They boarded the ship at Savona earlier this week. UPDATE 31 Jan: The passengers were found to not have the virus and all passengers were allowed to disembark.
|January 27, Princess Cruises, Lawsuit
for health issues
Legal \ Newsline reports a Los Angeles County couple are suing Princess Cruises alleging they became ill from food products they purchased on one of its ships. Judy Edwards and Armour Edwards filed a complaint Jan. 14 in the U.S District Court for the Central District of California against Princess Cruise Lines LTD, doing business as Princess Cruises, and others alleging premises liability, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, fraud and negligence. The Edwards allege that between Jan. 5, and Jan. 20, 2018, they purchased food products on the Coral Princess cruise ship originating from Long Beach Harbour in Los Angeles. They claim they first became ill on Jan. 16, 2019, from exposure to "viruses and disease carrying pestilence and contaminated food" that was manufactured, labeled, packaged and distributed by Princess Cruises.
|January 26, Nautica, Missed port call
Nautica arrived off the port of Port Elizabeth this morning, 26/01/20 at 10h30. Port is windbound and ship is now heading to East London where she is due to arrive tomorrow morning, 27/01/20 at 07h00.
|January 25, Disney Fantasy, Propulsion
problems, itinerary changes including missed ports
From a passenger: My family and I were on the Disney Fantasy from January 18-January 25, 2020 2 adults, 2 children. First off our excursion in Cozumel got cancelled with no explanation as to why. Our second port/tender stop of Grand Cayman got cancelled but Royal Caribbean was able to tender their guests ashore. Our 3rd port stop of Falmouth Jamaica got cancelled. Other cruise lines were able to stop as well. We heard weather was the issue for some cancelled ports but that can not be true when other cruise lines were able to still tender or port. We found out through our facebook group sailing, which by the way has VERY many unhappy customers, that the Fantasy ship had engine problems since our first stop in Cozumel. Nothing was said to us on the ship. We sailed all week at a reduced speed. Never have been on a ship that had so much movement in my life as many are saying the ship swayed so much because of the engine problems. We found out through other cruisers that a dive team was working on the engine while we were actually able to make our scheduled stop at Castaway Cay. Which everyone finds hard to believe that it took us so long to get to Castaway because we gained so many hours from missed ports of call.
|January 23, Celebrity Cruises, Reservation
agent threatens to kill a customer
Wichita Eagle reports a former customer service representative for a cruise line’s call center in Wichita has admitted to threatening during a phone call to kill a family. Dixon admitted in her plea that she was employed by Celebrity Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises, when she answered a call at the company’s Wichita call center in April 2018. The customer “became dissatisfied with the service provided by (Dixon)“ and hung up on her. She then called the customer back about 3 minutes later on a private phone, the plea states. She told the customer she knew where they lived and that she planned to travel to Illinois to kill the customer and their family.
|January 23, Celebrity Cruises,
Strategic Partner has never cruised and doesn't know one
company from another
Fox Business reports the founder of health and wellness empire appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Wednesday to promote her new Netflix show and upcoming cruise, but accidentally name-dropped the wrong line. The blunder happened when Meyers asked “The Politician”actress if she had ever been on a cruise. “I have never been on an actual cruise,” Paltrow admitted, “I’ve always wanted to do it. We were approached by Royal Caribbean to do a collaboration with them – a wellness one – and so we’re really excited about it.” The cruise line she partnered with is Celebrity.
|January 22, Oasis OTS, Person
Cruise Law News reports the U.S. Coast Guard states that it is searching this evening for a 46 year old man who went overboard this evening from the ship which was moored at port (at Pier 3) in Old Juan, Puerto Rico. The man apparently went overboard from deck 10. The ship was chartered for a week long Atlantis cruise from Fort Lauderdale. The person's body was subsequently recovered.
|January 22, Carnival Freedom, Missed
port call (Cayman)
From a passenger: Port of Call was canceled due to high winds and high waves (due to weather) while it was anchored at the Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (mere minutes before scheduled tenders were dispatched for passenger transit.)
|January 22, Pride of America, Missed
port call (Kona) - sea conditions
The ship skipped its port call at Kona, sailing directly from Hilo to Kauai.
|January 21, QE II, Disrupt ferry
operations in port
Otago Daily Times reports ferry commuters in Auckland are fuming because of delays caused by cruise ships berthing in the city. One commuter told the New Zealand Herald seven ferries were slowly circling the inner harbour this morning while the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship berthed at Princes Wharf. One Waiheke woman, Chloe Barker, said this morning was the third time this week her ferry has been cancelled due to cruise ship arrivals. In an email to the Harbourmaster she said the current situation is untenable. "You are affecting the lives of thousands of commuters. We are late for our jobs, hospital appointments, childcare arrangements and other responsibilities because cruise ships are being prioritised over passenger ferries."
|January 20, Artania, Late
departure, revised itinerary
The ship finally departed this morning for Durban, dropping port calls at Port Elizabeth and New London.
|January 20, Orchestra, Cruise canceled
The cruise to Walvis Bay, scheduled to leave several days ago, was canceled. Ship remains in Cape Town.
|January 20, AIDAmira, Late
arrival & departure
The ship finally docked in the early afternoon after being held until winds subsided. No information yet on how the next cruise is impacted by the delay.
|January 20, Nautica, Late arrival
The ship was finally able to dock at Cape Town more than 24 hours later than planned. Its departure for the next cruise is scheduled for 5AM on the 21st. The ship will keep its port call at Walvis Bay (Namibia) but it will only be for one day instead of two.
|Medical Evacuations from
Many people report medical evacuations from cruise ships as something that should be reported here. I don't report them because they are very common. But, do you know who pays for the medical evacuations from cruise ships? Your tax dollars hard at work subsidizing the cruise industry and cruise passengers. A medical evacuation can exceed $1 million dollars. It is nice that the US (and Canadian and other Governments) pay the cost so cruise ships and cruise corporation continue to earn billions of dollars TAX FREE.
|January 17, Orchestra & Artania, Delayed
From a reader: PORT OF CAPE TOWN WINDBOUND - Ms Artania and MSC Orchestra both currently being held against the quay by tugs (17/02/20). Gale force winds in Cape Town. UPDATE 19 January: PORT OF CAPE TOWN WINDBOUND - Ms Artania and MSC Orchestra both currently being held against the quay by tugs (19/02/20). Gale force winds in Cape Town. Nautica and AIDAmira circling outside waiting to berth. Artania itinerary amended to skip Port Elizabeth and head straight to East London. MSC Orchestra cruise to Walvis Bay cancelled.
|January 17, Sun Princess, Delayed
arrival (technical issues)
The Advocate reports Burnie cruise ship volunteers "got a sleep in" on Friday after a vessel arrived around two hours late. The Sun Princess' departure from Melbourne was delayed "following a technical matter that was resolved prior to departure", a Princess Cruises spokesperson said.
|January 17, Carnival Dream, Itinerary
change - Cruise to nowhere
Cruise Hive reports the ship's 4 day cruise has been changed to a three-day cruise to nowhere. This is the result of a fog-caused delay in ending the previous cruise.
|January 17, Orchestra, Missed port
From a reader: MSC Orchestra recent voyage from Walvis Bay (dep 14/1/20) to Cape Town via Luderitz, omitted Luderitz to make Cape Town before wind closed the port. Arrived a day early in Cape Town (16/1/20). Due to sail from Cape Town back to Walvis Bay today, 17/1/20. port remains closed due to wind.
|January 16, Koningsdam, Pax
drowns ashore (Private Island)
Bahamas Press reports police are investigating an alleged drowning, Monday 13th January, 2020, which occurred on Half Moon Cay. According to reports, shortly before 1:00pm, an adult American male, who was a passenger of a cruise ship, was discovered unresponsive, floating in waters at Half Moon Cay. From a passenger: When returning to our spot from lunch on the private island beach (Half Moon Cay), I witnessed a medical emergency where 4-6 people were performing CPR and other life saving techniques on a male between the ages of 50-60 roughly. I asked a bystander what had happened, and she informed me “the man had a heart attack”. Days after on the ship, the gossip was the deceased had major heart surgery within the last year. I was unable to formally confirm and perhaps the deceased indeed drowned. I find it VERY strange how this man drowned though, as these beach/waters were very calm and waist to chest height for 50-60M outward from shore.
|January 16, Marella Discovery, Propulsion
Independent reports Britain’s biggest holiday company is refusing refunds to disappointed passengers booked on a faulty cruise ship – yet at the same time selling voyages to new customers at almost half price. For the past five weeks Marella Discovery, has been sailing in south east Asia with half her propulsion out of action. The ship suffered what the company called “localised burning within the transformer housing”, and is still awaiting repairs. The maximum speed has been cut from 24 knots (28mph) to 16 knots (18mph) – meaning it cannot sail fast enough to reach all her planned ports of call in the Far East.
|January 16, Carnival Elation, Propulsion
problems; missed ports
From a passenger: Missed both ports / Amber Cove due to engine issues and Grand Turk due to Wind issues. Spent 4 days in a row at sea them finally made a stop in Nassau against most cruisers desire on the last day before heading back to port canaveral.
|January 16, Enchantment OTS, Fog
delays arrival/departure (Galveston)
Cruise Hive reports the ship is waiting for a slot to depart Galveston when allowed to do so by the authorities. Do keep checking for official updates from the cruise line if you are booked on any of the cruises.
|January 16, Carnival Fantasy, Fog
delays arrival/departure (Mobile)
Cruise Hive reports good news for the Port of Mobile as the ship will arrive but much later. The ship will dock later on in the afternoon and guests booked on the next sailing should start arriving at the terminal from 8:00 PM. All guests must be onboard by 10:30 PM.
|January 16, Carnival Dream, Fog delays
Cruise Hive reports Carnival Cruise Line has now released an update that the Port of Galveston remains closed due to fog and the ship remains anchored off the coast. Those guests booked on the next cruise scheduled to depart today are being told to not arrive at the terminal and wait for the next update at 5:00 PM local time.
|January 15, Emerald Princess (ship
Travel Pulse reports actress Connie Flores and her husband Alvin are suing the cruise line alleging that their stateroom was infested with bed bugs during a recent cruise from Los Angeles to Mexico. The lawsuit was filed on the couple's behalf by My Bed Bug Lawyer, a Los Angeles-based law firm specializing in bed bug litigation, according to a press release published on Wednesday. "Imagine yourself on a cruise at sea with your stateroom infested with bed bugs. There was nowhere to go. We were trapped. We felt helpless. There were bed bugs coming out of the pillows and the mattress, we felt betrayed," Flores said in a statement.
|January 14, Azura, Missed port calls
From a passenger: I am on board Azura A001 10 - 24 Jan. We missed our first port 11 Jan St Vincent captain said 30 kph we had day at sea 12 Jan captain added an extra port we visited Martinique we needed assistance from a tug to get out of port then last night the show was cancelled because the ship was listing to one side and we had rough seas. Today 13 Jan out call at St Kitts is cancelled we are having extra day at sea due to the St Kitts pilot reporting 30 kph wind sea level. Captain said he hopes we will make St Martin tomorrow and he will try and add an extra port later in the cruise.
|January 12, Crown Princess, Missed
From a passenger: We are on the January 6 Crown Princess trip to the Southern Carribean. A total of six ports of call were scheduled. Three of the six have been cancelled: Bahamas, Antigua, and Saint Kitts. We are now returning directly to Fort Lauderdale.
|January 11, Empress OTS, Missed
From a passenger: Missed port of call at Virgin Gorda, B.V.I on January 7, 2020. Apparently this is the first time RCCL has stopped at this port. Tender boats were required to get passengers to shore but due to choppy waves it was unsafe for passengers to get off. 2 tender boats went out, the first one struck coral due to shallow water and lost power, the second tender boat struck coral and spun out.
|January 11, Nieuw Amsterdam, Canceled
The February 1 sailing has been canceled so the ship can undergo repairs of its propulsion system. It will return to service February 8.
|January 9, Orchestra, Missed port call
From a reader: MSC Orchestra currently on a coastwise voage from Durban (dep 8/1/20) to Cape Town (eta 12/1/20) with a stop in Port Elizabeth on 10/1/20 has now skipped Port Elizabeth and will arrive tomorrow, 11/1/20 instead of Sunday 12/1/20. No reason given except that wind is expected in Cape Town on Sunday and it is anticipated that the ship will leave Cape Town earlier than planned on the next cruise to Namibia on 12/1/20. It is expected that passengers will have the option to either spend the day/night on board in port in Cape Town or disembark.
|January 8, Carnival Corporation, Under
microscope for gross disregard for the environment
Cruise Law News has provided two excellent discussions of the latest report to the Court of Carnival Corporation's ongoing practices that show disregard for the environment. The most recent quarterly report contains over 220 violations in three months in 2019. See here and here.
|January 7, Carnival Dream, Dropped
Cruise Hive reports the ship returned to her homeport (Galveston) for a medical emergency after commencing the cruise. The return meant the ship had to drop Cozumel from the planned itinerary.
|January 5, Meraviglia, Unknown
incident (collision with something?)
From a passenger: At approximately 4:30am on Sunday January 5th while on board the MSC Meraviglia my family was rocked out of our sleep while sailing into the port of Miami and then seconds later received an in-cabin announcement intended for crew advising “Delta Echo” three times. We went out onto our balcony to see crew members looking out over the side of our ship where the life boats were suspended (and thankfully stayed in place). Eventually things seemed to calm down and so we went back inside our rooms as no updates were provided by the Captain or any of the crew. A couple hours later we asked our cabin attendant what had happened and he advised that the back of our ship had apparently “hit something” but he had no more details. Our friendly and normally very chatty Cruise Director Gene just glazed over the morning departure information and pretended like nothing happened! A quick search online seemed to confirm what our cabin attendant had advised with “Delta” apparently meaning damage to the ship and “Echo” meaning the ship either struck something or was struck by something! In my opinion, this situation was not handled well by the Meraviglia Captain / crew. Once “events” like these are stabilized and everyone is known to be safe, cruise Captains and their staff have to be a lot more transparent and let their passengers know what took place and what was the end result. Pretending like nothing happened breaks down the trust between the paying guests and may make many passengers weary of taking future cruises! From another passenger: I can confirm the Meraviglia event on Jan 5th... I was looking it up, as to find out what really might have happened? We were woken up by a very LOUD and FELT "BANG" to the ship, as if we had hit something HARD. Immediately there was an announcement over or IN-CABIN speakers (which we never heard before or after) "DELTA ECHO, DELTA ECHO, DELTA ECHO". No clue what happened... we fell asleep 5-10 minutes later and the next morning everything was as if nothing ever happened.
|January 4, Carnival Vista, Unscheduled
From a passenger: Ship rerouted back to Galveston for a medical emergency. The delay did not effect the itinerary.
|January 3, Meraviglia, Stuck
in port overnight (winds)
Cruise Radio reports weather conditions have kept the ship docked at Costa Maya overnight and is now scheduled to leave at 5:00 PM on January 3. The ship will spend the day at sea on January 4th and is set to arrive back in Miami, per schedule, on January 5th.
|January 3, Sapphire Princess, Struck
by lightning - radar knocked out
Crew Center reports the ship was hit by lightning today while sailing in Indonesian waters. No one on board was hurt, but the lightning caused damage to the ship's radar. The lightning struck the mast of the ship and damaged the radar, therefore Sapphire Princess cannot continue the voyage until the radar is fully operational. Update: 6:17pm. We're anchored off the eastern part of Singapore Straits, while they're working hard to fix the problem.” According to the latest update, the Captain announced that the team managed to get one radar working by taking spares from the other radar. Sapphire Princess is sailing on a 10 Night Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia cruise. The ship departed from Singapore on 28 December and was scheduled to visit Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Phuket, before returning to Singapore on January 07.
|January 2, Black Watch, Illness outbreak
From a passenger: the ship is in Lisbon over a day early due to an outbreak of Influenza A. One passenger so far has been disembarked due to testing positive & will not be allowed to continue to travel aboard.
|January 2, Elation, Environmental
WESH reports more than 6000 gallons of wastewater gushed into the water at Port Canaveral on Thursday from a cruise ship. The cruise ship Carnival Elation reported the spill immediately to the U.S. Coast Guard and Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Twenty-two metric tons of gray water were spilled, according to the Sheriff's Office. < href="https://www.cruiselawnews.com/2020/01/articles/pollution/carnival-elation-discharges-grey-water-at-port-canaveral/">Cruise Law News reports other wastewater violations by Carnival in 2018 & 2019, including: June 2018 – Queen Mary 2, in Phuket, Thailand - a grey water tank overflowed directly overboard for approximately five minutes after ship employees were distracted by numerous alarms sounding which were unrelated to the grew water tank. August 2019 – Carnival Paradise, at anchor in Grand Cayman – grey water overflowed for five minutes during an internal grey water transfer. September 2019 – Carnival Imagination - heading to Long Beach, California when 50 liters of grey water overflowed when the line became clogged with food particles washed into a drain from the pizza galley. September 2018 - Holland America Line’s Westerdam discharged over 22,000 gallons of grey water into Glacier Bay National Park. The notice of violation claims the discharge was a “mistake,” but the discharge continued on for 25 minutes.